Christopher Lee

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    July 24, 2014

    Chef Christopher Lee Leaves Mad Tomato to Start Chef's Table STL

    Chef Christopher Lee has left Mad Tomato (8000 Carondelet, Clayton; 314-932-5733) after less than a year. He's moved on to a personal-chef venture called Chef's Table STL. We talked to Lee about what's next for him. See also: Chef Chat: Christopher Lee on Mad Tomato and What's Forbidden in His Kitc ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014
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    June 16, 2014

    Chef Chat: Christopher Lee on Mad Tomato and What's Forbidden in His Kitchen

    Chef Christopher Lee always knew it was a matter of time before he and Mad Tomato (8000 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-5733) chef and owner Vito Racanelli would go into business together. "I've known Vito for ages," Lee says. "He was trying to do everything himself at Mad Tomato. I was lookin ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014
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    September 27, 2013

    Taste of St. Louis: What to Do and Eat

    It's finally here! St. Louis' huge, annual food event, Taste of St. Louis (Soldiers Memorial Plaza, 14th & Chestnut streets), is upon us. Oh, sorry, it's the "Budweiser Taste of St. Louis" this year now that Anheuser-Busch is a big sponsor, but we can't complain about more beer now, can we? All the ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013
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    July 12, 2013

    Chef Battle Royale Competitors Announced

    The Chef Battle Royale is back! Taste of St. Louis has announced seven of the eight chefs who will be competing at this year's event. The final spot will be won in a breakfast food competition on Fox 2 a week before Taste of St. Louis. See also: -Food Porn at Taste of St. Louis 2009 -Get a Taste of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Ten Metal Bands Most Beloved By Geeks

    By Adam Steininger Geeks love metal even more than they love computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal that was forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity and then discovered by Silver Surfer while scouting for delicious planet ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013
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    December 13, 2012
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    September 20, 2012

    First Look: Hendrick's BBQ Combines Blues, Barbeque and Moonshine (Photos)

    See also: First Look: Diablito's Cantina See also: Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria and Chuy Arzola's Getting a taste of Hendrick's BBQ (1200 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-8600) can feel like digging a fork into a not-so-humble sized slice of the South or somewhere else far fro ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: March 23-25

    Friday (Mar. 23): Pints for the Planet @ Whole Foods Market - Galleria Swing by the Whole Foods speciality beer department for a happy hour to help out the Whole Planet Foundation. Get a pint of Schlafly Beer in a special glass for $5 for a good cause. 5 to 7 p.m. Savory and Sweet Tasting @ Vom F ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Celebrate Diablitos Cantina's Grand Opening Right Now

    Gut Check was a little slow to sort through our email this morning -- blame the Mastermind Vodka: farm-to-table-to-hungover -- so we apologize for posting this late, but Diablitos Cantina (3761 Laclede Avenue; 314-644-4430) is having a grand opening celebration RIGHT NOW. OK, so you missed the ribb ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    First Look: Diablito's Cantina

    Kaylen WissengerThe "Cucuy's Coffee" at Diablito's​"I HATE tequila," says Ami Grimes, co-owner of the brand-new Diablito's Cantina (3761 Laclede Avenue; 314-644-4430). "But when Angie [Cornish, head bartender] started creating the infused tequilas, I was all for it." Which is a good thing, as ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    St. Louis Chefs Are an Educated Lot

    Chrissy WilmesChris Williams of Franco studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.​Last week Eater asked chefs if they thought culinary school was worth the time and expense for aspiring chefs. The answer was a resounding "probably not." The discussion made us wonder how well-e ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Holly FannChris Bork shared a recipe for poached eggs in this week's Chef's Choice​This week, we paid visits to Nora's, Pizzeria Tivoli and Thai Pizza Co. and celebrated American Wine Appreciation Week in the classiest fashion. What else did we do this week? We talked to chef Christopher Le ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Chef Christopher Lee Kicks Off Mardi Gras With Cajun Cook-Off Win

    Robin WheelerChristopher Lee, your 2011 Cajun Cook-off champeen!​St. Louis started Mardi Gras season on Saturday not in Soulard but at the World's Fair Pavillion, with the annual Cajun Cook-Off. Chef Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria, and Chuy Arzola's and chef de cuisine Katie Case ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    The Knives Have It: Local Chefs and Their Favorite Tools

    co.designMore gadgets than a Williams-Sonoma outlet store. (Click pic for humongous version.)​ Got gadgets? Pop Chart Lab does, and they've put 100 of them on a poster. But are all of them beloved? Can you find any local chefs who give names to their chinoise, or keep their clam knife in hand ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Represent! Local Chefs Sound Off About Missouri Foods

    ​Recently the purveyors of adorability at I Can Has Cheezburger released a map on their food blog, My Food Looks Funny, indicating what food best represents each state. According to the map, Missouri's best represented by toasted ravioli. Really? Not so very long ago, people who lived mor ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Robin Murphy of Bailey's Chocolate Bar, Rooster, and Bridge, Part 2

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Robin Murphy of Baileys' Chocolate Bar, Rooster and Bridge. Part one is available here; part three, a recipe, we'll publish on Friday. Robin Wheeler​Did your family cook when you were a child? If so, what meals stand out? My mom was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Chef's Choice Recipe: Christopher Lee's Muffuletta and Beignets

    This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with chef Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria, and Chuy Arzola's. Part one is available here; part two is here. Robin WheelerOne of Christopher Lee's beignets for, two, three, four for us....​Christopher Lee's c ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Kerry Soraci ‚ÄčThis week, Gut Check decided to ease back into the swing of things after a sun- and fun-filled Memorial Day. And what better way to kick things off than watching a little TV? I Scream Cakes' Kerry Soraci made an appearance on the new Cooking Channel's "Foodogra ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria and Chuy Arzola's, Part 2

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria, and Chuy Arzola's. To read part one, click here. Part three, a recipe from Chef Lee, will be available soon. Robin Wheeler​Did your family cook when you were a child? If so, what mea ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria and Chuy Arzola's

    This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Christopher Lee of Cafe Ventana, Sanctuaria and Chuy Arzola's. Part two will be published tomorrow. Part three, a recipe from Chef Lee, will appear on Friday. Robin Wheeler​Before Christopher Lee took the reins as executive chef ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009
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    November 16, 2009

    FoodWire: Sanctuaria "Wild Tapas" Now Open in Forest Park Southeast Grove

    Sanctuaria is now open at 4198 Manchester Avenue in Forest Park Southeast's Grove neighborhood (the former Agave location). Heading the kitchen is chef Christopher Lee, who might be the new busiest man in the St. Louis restaurant biz, thanks to his work at Café Ventana and the new Chuy Arzola's. Th ... More >>

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    June 27, 2001

    Gothic Revival

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    January 24, 2001


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